Exclusive: Daimler can build a Mercedes engine plant near Sebes gearbox plant in Romania

Possible Mercedes investment in Romania
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Mayor of Sebes, Adrian Alexandru Dancila, has confirmed that Daimler acquired huge pieces of land near Sebes gearbox plant in Romania for a possible future Mercedes engine plant.

It was a rumour in the romanian press at the begining of March 2016 that Daimler has acquired huge pieces of land near Sebes gearbox plant. The mayor of Sebes, Adrian Alexandru Dancila, has confirmed the news.

According to the Sebes mayor, the land acquired by Daimler is as big as the land used for the gearbox plant, which means a total of 130,000 sqm from which 72,000 sqm were used for the new 9G-Tronic gearbox plant.

Two weeks ago, polish press has speculated that Daimler will build a car plant and a engine plant in Jawor. diat

But it seems that Sebes can be also a candidate for a Daimler engine plant. With high skills workers in Cugir and Sebes for manufacturing the modern 9G-Tronic gearbox, the land already acquired near to the Sebes plant, it would be more logic to build an engine plant in the neighbourhood.

Mercedes has produced last year 300,000 7-speed double clutch gearbox for the compact range and will raise the production for the new 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox from one shift to three shifts.

80% of the 1.32 million Mercedes models with all wheel drive and rear wheel drive sold last year used an automatic gearbox.